Applying for Admission
All applicants must complete the GW Online Application.
Applications will be accepted through February 28, 2018. If you have any questions about the application deadlines, please contact our office directly.
Because the program is cohort-based and requires a good fit between faculty and learner interests, we will use a modified rolling admissions cycle. Specifically, the PhD admissions committee will review all available and completed new applications in three batches through the Fall and Spring. Students will be notified of the committee's decision to request an interview immediately following their application review.
A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required. This fee is waived only for the following applicants:
- GW alumni (those holding a GW degree or graduate certificate)
- Current degree or graduate certificate candidates at GW
- Current McNair Program Scholars (a completed Certification of McNair Program Participation and Application Fee Waiver form must be submitted with your application)
- U.S. military personnel who have been on active duty within three years of submitting their application for admission
General Admission Requirements
1. Minimum Overall GPA of 3.0
2. Education Requirements
- Completion of a graduate degree (minimum Master's-degree) from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation into the program or entry-level professional doctorate (MD, PA, DPT, OTD, MSN, DNP) in biomedical science or a health related field.
- Provide evidence of health-related practice, leadership, or research.
- Successful completion (B- or better) of 3 credits each of graduate-level epidemiology and biostatistics within 5 years of the date of application. The biostatistics course must include multiple regression and logistic (logit) regression.
- Applicants who have not completed these two courses may be able to do so online through GW once admitted to the PhD program but prior to full matriculation. Early application submission is strongly encouraged. Please contact the program coordinator for details.
Attach your current resume or CV that demonstrates experience in basic or clinical sciences, biomedical sciences, community health, or health services research and policy or significant clinical research.
Two letters of recommendation are required and must be submitted through the GW Online Application. Letters of recommendation should be from:
- Academic instructor who can strongly attest to your academic ability, and/or
- Individual who served in a supervisory capacity for you and who can strongly attest to your work ethic
- Letters of Recommendation must be submitted on official letterhead and be signed by the reference.
Recommendations are not acceptable from family members and friends.
4. Official Transcripts
Please submit an official transcript from every college and university you attended, whether or not a degree was earned, to the following address:
The George Washington University
Health Sciences Admissions
2100 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20037
5. Comprehensive Essay
Please include a personal statement describing your reasons for undertaking study at The George Washington University and how you anticipate your completion of the PhD will further your career goals. Also include a potential dissertation topic and any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form. This personal statement should be concise and precise, and should not exceed 1000 words.
6. English Language Test
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are required to submit official test scores for either Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearsons Test of English (PTE) Academic or the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration:
- TOEFL: 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based
- PTE: overall score of 68
- IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0
International applicants who meet the following conditions may be considered for admission without submitting TOEFL, PTE or IELTS or scores:
- They are a citizen of countries where English is the official language (as identified by GW ISO list of Exempt countries) OR
- They hold at least a bachelor degree from a country where English is the official language as well as language of instruction OR
- They hold at least a bachelor degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency
All potential doctoral students will be interviewed by the program director and potential advisor. Interviews will discuss the potential dissertation topic and determine the applicants fit within faculty research. Interviews are granted on an invitation-only basis.